Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family which comes from Central and South America. Legend has it that the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds as a source of energy.
For such a small seed, chia seeds contain some important nutrients.
- Excellent source of fibre. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, expanding and becoming gel-like. This allows chia seeds to slow down the emptying process in your stomach, which can leave you feeling fuller for longer and regulate bowel movement. Chia seeds are also a great source of pre-biotics, which essentially acts as food for the healthy bacteria in your gut maintaining optimal digestive function.
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Known for their anti-inflammatory effects, as well as enhancing brain and potentially heart health. Chia seeds contain omega-3 in the plant form: alpha linolenic acid (ALA) making them a valuable source for vegans and vegetarians.
- Plant based protein. Adequate protein intake allows your body to help maximise and aid muscle recovery.
- Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals that can damage cells in the body and weaken immunity.
- Rich in minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, and calcium required for bone health.
Chia pudding recipe
1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice
¼ cup chia seeds
1 tbsp honey or coconut syrup (optional)
½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
In a medium size bowl mix the basic ingredients together.
Transfer the the pudding into small jars or glasses. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Add your favourite topping.
- Chocolate: Stir in 1 tsp raw cacao powder or cacao nibs.
- Superfood powder blend: Add 1tbsp of your favourite superfood blend. I like using açai, matcha, collagen or maca powder.
- Nut butter: Whether used as a topping or stirred into the mix. I like using raw almond or cashew butter.
- Fruit: Is another way to totally change up the flavour of your chia pudding, while also adding extra nutrition. I like berries, banana, apples, pears, mango or pineapple.
- Coconut: Top with shredded or flaked coconut.
- Seeds: Sprinkle some roasted pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flaxseeds, hemp or buckwheat kernels,
- Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla etc…are all amazing ways to add a punch of flavour.
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